Singing, and the simple act of practicing the ritual of song, is a way express joy, foster healing and maintain wellness. Cultures from around the world have known this for centuries, and study
has found that singing reduces anxiety and contributes to quality of life. Science has been hard at work trying to explain why singing has such a calming yet energizing effect on people, but the evidence is clear that it soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits. When you sing, musical vibrations literally move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people, and it comes back as something even more thrilling.
In this class you will enjoy all of the healing and wellness effects of singing, and learn about the beauty and power of the ancient tradition of song from around the Globe. You will learn about Indonesian, Arabic, Irish and European vocal music. We’ll have fun discussing the different styles and meanings from each culture throughout the world, and then learn pieces to sing as a group.
This class is not about performing vocal music, but enjoying it and participating. Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed. Absolutely no prior musical experience necessary, just “open ears” and a curious mind!